Trooper Kills Wife, Self Inside Supermarket

She had filed for divorce two days earlier, months after her husband was charged with beating her up

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013  |  Updated 2:54 PM EDT
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Trooper Kills Wife, Self Inside Supermarket

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Police are investigating an altercation in Meriden.

A retired state trooper is believed to have shot and killed his wife inside a central Pennsylvania supermarket Thursday morning and then committed suicide, state police said, two days after she had filed for divorce.

Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Maria Finn said the slain woman is Tracie Miscavish. Finn says she filed for divorce from her husband, Mark Miscavish, two days ago. He had retired in 2011 after 15 years on the force.

Tracie Miscavish's sister, Gina March, tells reporters Mark Miscavish was briefly jailed in January on charges he beat up his wife.

Online court records indicate Mark Miscavish was awaiting trial on charges of simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats.

Someone called 911 to report the shooting around 10 a.m. at a County Market store in Philipsburg, and police found two people dead when they arrived, Trooper Matthew Reifer said.

Emergency dispatchers said the scene was secure.

No one answered the phone at the store late Thursday morning, and messages were not returned by the Clearfield County coroner and district attorney.

A manager at another store in the same shopping complex said squad cars had filled the parking lot and that her store was on lockdown. Brittany Thompson, a manager at the Peebles, said a police officer had come in to tell staff and shoppers that several people had been shot at the Country Market.

"Some of the customers in here were shook up," she said.

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